PINGDINGSHAN, China, Jan. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOK), a vertically integrated producer of clean energy products located in Henan Province, today announced that the Henan Pingdingshan Shilong District Science and Technology Bureau has approved the company's Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) program as a Technology Demonstration project for its scientific innovation. As a qualified State Scientific Demonstration project, SCOK's UCG program will be entitled to receive a series of benefits and financial support from the government, including 30% reimbursement of total capital investment, 25% refunds for taxes paid to local and state tax authorities, and access to coal for gasification purposes in Shilong District's 27 square kilometers of coal reserves.
Sinocoking had announced previously that construction of the first phase of the UCG program, expected to be completed in March 2015, will produce 60,000 cubic meters/hour of clean syngas, and up to 21 million cubic meters/hour when the full industrial-scale project is completed.
The company's UCG drilling program began on October 19, 2014 and reached its first coal reserve on October 28. The coal seam is 96 meters below the ground with a depth of eight meters. The coal has proven to be high quality coking coal, which is well-suited to UCG gasification. The company plans to continue to drill and test additional coal seams.
Sinocoking's CEO Mr. Jianhua Lv stated, "This UCG demonstration project, the first in Henan Province, will help drive UCG development in China and will be instrumental in SCOK's transformation from a coal and coke producer to an innovative and abundant supplier of clean energy."
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SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (www.scokchina.com), a Florida corporation, is an emerging producer of clean energy products located in Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China. The company has historically been a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor of basic and value-added coal products for steel manufacturers, power generators, and various industrial users. SinoCoking has been producing metallurgical coke since 2002, and acts as a key supplier to regional steel producers in central China. SinoCoking also produces and supplies thermal coal to its customers in central China. SinoCoking currently owns its assets and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, Top Favour Limited and Pingdingshan Hongyuan Energy Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., and its affiliated companies, Henan Province Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd., Baofeng Coking Factory, Baofeng Hongchang Coal Co., Ltd., Baofeng Hongguang Environment Protection Electricity Generating Co., Ltd., Zhonghong Energy Investment Company, Henan Hongyuan Coal Seam Gas Engineering Technology Co., Ltd., Baofeng Shuangri Coal Mining Co., Ltd., and Baofeng Xingsheng Coal Mining Co., Ltd.
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